UMass Lowell scored two goals 11 seconds apart late in the third period as it defeated Bentley University, 3-2, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference hockey clash in front of 3,042 at the Tsongas Center.
The win was the third straight for UMass Lowell which improved to 7-7-1 entering next weekend's twin bill at Clarkson University (7:00/7:00). The win also gave UMass Lowell a 4-1 clip against non-conference opponents.
Bentley slipped to 6-9-1 and visits Northeastern next Saturday (7:00).
Freshman F Ryan McGrath (O'Fallon, Mo.) scored two goals while junior G Doug Carr (Hanover, Mass.) stopped 24 shots, including three breakaways.
Junior Branden Komm had 32 saves for Bentley. UMass Lowell outshot the Falcons 35-26.
With the score knotted 1-1 entering the third period, freshman F Andrew Gladiuk gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead when he took a centering pass from sophomore F Brett Switzer and rifled a shot in the top right corner of the goal.
Bentley nearly went ahead 3-1 midway through the third period when junior F Brett Gensler broke free at the blue line, but Carr read the play well and snuffed the attempt.
UMass Lowell evened the score when sophomore Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) took a pass from junior F Colin Wright (Burlington, Ont.) from behind the goal beat Komm to his left side.
Just 11 seconds later, McGrath scored the game-winner when he took a pass from junior F Derek Arnold (Foxboro, Mass.) out of a scramble in the slot and shoveled home underneath Komm.
Bentley opened the scoring 3:33 into the first period when Gensler received a pass from sophomore F Alex Grieve from the right corner, settled and beat Carr to his left side.
McGrath leveled for UMass Lowell on a power play 42 seconds into the second period when junior D Chad Ruhwedel (San Diego, Calif.) raced up the ice and passed to McGrath at the right point, who let fly and beat Komm at the nearside post.
Carr bailed UMass Lowell out on two occasions in the second period. At 17:39, Switzer broke in one-on-one, and attempted to score underneath Carr, who thwarted the attempt.
Bentley was awarded a penalty shot two minutes later when junior F Justin Breton was hauled down on a breakaway. Breton tried to beat Carr stickside, but Carr was there for the save.
UMass Lowell had two goals waived off, the first by Arnold midway through the first period which would've evened the score 1-1; and the second 27 seconds into the third by sophomore F Scott Wilson (Oakville, Ont.), both of which officials ruled the goalie was impeded.